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Research Assistant in Equine Science

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super
Closing date
12 May 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0062236
Location: Werribee
Role type: Part-time (0.2 FTE); Fixed-term for 2 years 
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: Department of Veterinary Biosciences, Melbourne Veterinary School
Salary: Level A - $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

  • Provide technical support for fieldwork studies and gather training and clinical data from horses in the Equine Limb Injury Prevention Program (ELIPP).
  • Opportunity to work closely with trainers, stable staff, and trackwork riders, contributing to the advancement of equine science research while supporting the well-being of horses in training.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Research Assistant in Equine Science based at the Werribee Campus within the Melbourne Veterinary School supports the Equine Limb Injury Prevention Program (ELIPP) by gathering training and clinical data from horses in training.

Reporting to the Associate Professor, the role involves technical support for fieldwork studies, including fitting and operating instrumentation to collect data on speed, distance, stride length, and cardiac ECG monitoring during exercise.

Additionally, the position entails liaising with trainers, stable staff, and trackwork riders, maintaining horse training records, assessing track surface quality, and potentially conducting initial data analysis and reporting of results.

Travel to training facilities for fieldwork and occasional work from other locations, including the Parkville campus, is also required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with staff and students within the Equine Limb Injury Prevention Program to achieve agreed diagnostic and research outcomes.
  • Assist veterinary clinicians (staff and RHD students) in collecting training data, lameness and radiographic data from horses in training.
  • Contribute to the effective operation of equipment for data logging and analysis.
  • Ensure the validity and security of data; and effective data backup.
  • Collect and record horse information and consent procedures from trainers, ensuring confidentiality is maintained.

Who We Are Looking For

You will bring your passion for equine science or equine sports medicine, along with your motivation, reliability, and adept time management skills. 

You will also have:

  • A postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctoral degree) in animal or veterinary sciences or a related discipline; progress towards a Masters or PhD; or a graduate degree in a relevant field with significant research and/or equine industry experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in a comparable research assistant position or work in equine sciences.
  • Good practical horse handling skills
  • Demonstrated ability to apply quantitative/qualitative research methodologies.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “The Melbourne Veterinary School

The Melbourne Veterinary School is Australia’s number 1 ranked veterinary school with a proud tradition of excellence in research, education, and leadership. The Melbourne Veterinary School has research strengths in animal diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, production animal systems (including dairy and red meat) and animal welfare. provides the only professional entry veterinary medicine program in Victoria and covers a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects across veterinary science with Australia’s premiere graduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, which is nationally and internationally accredited by VSAAC, RCVS and the AVMA COE.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 12 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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